Felted Bird FeederWith Leah Cathleen
August 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wet felting is a method of creating art using wool as your medium. This felting method is thousands of years old and has a rich history in many cultures. In this workshop we will start by making a sample piece of felt to help us understand the unique, natural properties of wool. Each participant will then put their new-found knowledge to use making a felt bird feeder. Using a plastic ‘resist’ and Dorset wool, we will layer the wool to create a hollow ‘packet’. We then wet the wool and agitate it to bind the fibres together. It’s amazing what a little water, soap and elbow grease can do! After removing the resist, we will use our hands to roll and pull and squish and squash to create our Bird Feeder shape. Wet felting is a hands-on, sometimes messy art process. Wear comfortable clothes that you can get wet and not worry about.
Audience: This class is suitable for beginners and intermediate felters, ages 16 and up.
Weather: In case of rain, activities will be performed inside the museum or one of the art studios of the Leighton Art Centre. Extremely poor weather may result in cancellation. For our cancellation & refund policy, please see below.
Supplies: All supplies are included in this workshop. Please bring a good lunch, a water bottle, and any snacks you would like for the day. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can get messy in!
Registration cost: $105 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*
* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Wed-Sun, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees
Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Please visit www.leightoncentre.org/support/members.
All participants must sign our Covid-19 Liability waiver prior to their participation in a workshop. You can view our Covid-19 liability waiver here: https://leightoncentre.org/workshop-covid-19-liability-release-waiver/
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will be only be issued to participants if the workshop is canceled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or Covid-19 restrictions. Workshops may be canceled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.
Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.
Leah Cathleen taught school field trips for over 11 years at the Leighton Art Centre. She left the LAC 11 years ago to start her own company- ArtFelt Studio – teaching exclusively felting. Her lessons explore both wet and needle felting.
“Watching someone work with wool for the first time, seeing their expression as their artwork takes shape, feeling their pride in their creation – these are powerful moments that I look forward to with every class I teach. I am energized by the creative force present in a felting class.”